Chesty

The Story of Lieutenant General Lewis B. Puller, USMC
Narrated by: Sean Runnette
Length: 23 hrs and 21 mins
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Publisher's Summary

The Marine Corps is known for its heroes, and Lieutenant General Lewis B. Puller has long been considered the greatest of them all. His assignments and activities covered an extraordinary spectrum of warfare. Puller mastered small unit guerrilla warfare as a lieutenant in Haiti in the 1920s, and at the end of his career commanded a division in Korea. In between, he chased Sandino in Nicaragua and fought at Guadalcanal, Cape Gloucester, and Peleliu.

With his bulldog face, barrel chest (which earned him the nickname Chesty), gruff voice, and common touch, Puller became - and has remained - the epitome of the marine combat officer. At times Puller's actions have been called into question - at Peleliu, for instance, where, against a heavily fortified position, he lost more than half of his regiment. And then there is the saga of his son, who followed in Chesty's footsteps as a marine officer only to suffer horrible wounds in Vietnam (his book, Fortunate Son, won the Pulitzer Prize). 

Jon Hoffman has been given special access to Puller's personal papers as well as his personnel record. The result will unquestionably stand as the last word about Chesty Puller.

©2001 Jon T. Hoffman (P)2018 Tantor

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Great book great man good read

Man this is a long book. But interest in every chapter. Great tactical and strategic views of the major Pacific battles. Bang bang person to person battles plus the politics of the war. Hard to believe that a man can be part of so many battles. Top that with a faithful wife and kids I really enjoyed this book and now understand why he is reviered in the USMC

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A Marine's Marine

In my search for leadership biographies, this one really touched home as a fellow Marine. Chesty's name is forever etched in our hearts and his guidance will never fade if America wants her Marines. Semper Fi Chesty.

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A More Inspiring Account of Chesty Puller

This is an inspiring book because Chesty is a real character presented vividly by the author and reader. In former accounts of Chesty's life and exploits there has been much coloring of his character and life story which are actually quite remarkable in themselves without exaggeration. Yes, all Marines should read this book, but it is relatable on more levels than just the comradery so obvious among Marines. His commitment to his God, his family, his troops and his country while facing many failures and successes throughout his long and highly distinguished career as a Marine make him, in my opinion, an all-round extraordinary and exemplary character. Truly inspiring.

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OUTSTANDING

This was a great book about a great Marine and Marine Corps legend. I have read the book Marine but found this book to get into more detailed information about Chesty. I found the narrator to be perfect and he held my attention. The sadest part of the book was when Chesty said goodbye to his son and when he returned home from Vietnam. As tough as he was, Chesty had a heart of gold, his love and affection for his family was something many people did not know.

I met his son Lewis Jr at a Marine Corps birthday ball at Camp Smith, NY around the late 1980s. I sat at the same table with him and it was an honor to know him. We spoke about Vietnam but not his injuries or his father. I was very saddened when Lewis Jr took his own life, but I noticed at the Ball he was quite depressed. I attended his burial and and to this day think of him often knowing he is at his fathers side in heaven.

This is a must read book about the life of LtGen Chesty Puller. Rest in peace Chesty and Lewis Jr, slow hand salute. Semper Fi.

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Inspirational

For any soldier or any citizen alike, Lt. General LB Puller represents the complexity of all great leaders. Not perfect but more than human in reaching the top of their chosen profession.
Flawed and often misunderstood, he never lost touch with his greatest assets, Loyalty.
Loyalty to the Corp, his Nation, his family, and most of all, to the men in his command.
I find Chesty a good and decent man. An inspiration for anyone whom chooses to lead others.
Good night, and God Bless you Chesty.

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Excellent biography of a great man

Very well written. The author is an honest broker. I highly recommend this book. It is my hope and prayer that mini boys and young men read this book to give them directions as to how to be a real man.

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wish it was more descriptive regarding ttps

its a great story, i just wish it was able to provide more into the way of ttp's. overal i recommend this book.

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Leadership

Very interesting view of a man that fought through so many wars. lead from the front!

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Well Rounded

This author does well to show the good and bad of the great General. Its nice to hear of his flaws as well. I highly suggest this book.

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An American hero

Very well documented the good and the bad. The life he lived is amazing. It is hard to believe that one individual could experience what he did and remain sane.